Attempted burglary on Avis Street ends in arrest

Nov 20, 2019

A Dartmouth man was arrested following an attempted burglary in Padanaram in the early hours on November 20, according to a statement released by Dartmouth Police.

Just after two a.m. on Wednesday, police responded to a 911 call from a homeowner on Avis Street, who reported that a man was attempting to break into the house.

After arriving on the scene, Officer Joseph Hilchey saw the suspect — later identified as Joshua Correia, 20, of Diamond Court in Dartmouth — flee into a nearby wooded area.

According to police, the homeowner stated during an interview that the suspect was allegedly holding a metal pipe during the incident.

The homeowner said that the suspect knocked on the door, then announced “This is the police! I have a warrant! Open the door!”

It was at this point that the homeowner called 911 for assistance.

The police statement noted that before the suspect fled into the woods, according to the homeowner, he attempted to gain entry into the house by kicking both the front and back door.

At around 4 a.m. Officer Hilchey saw the suspect walking in the same area and identified him as Correia.

Correia was arrested and charged with vandalizing property, impersonating a police officer, and attempted burglary.

He was arraigned at New Bedford District Court after being booked at Dartmouth Police Headquarters.